Winners of the Grand Prize and the Gold Medal in the Senior String Division of the 2016 Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition, the Ulysses Quartet was founded in the summer of 2015. Hailing from Canada, the United States, and Taiwan, members have performed in prestigious halls such as Esterházy Palace, Carnegie Hall, and the Taiwan National Concert Hall. The group competed in the Semifinals Round of the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition and garnered a Career Development Grant. Recent and upcoming season highlights include appearances at the Louis Moreau Institute, Cohen Hall, University of Prince Edward Island, and Abravanel Hall, as well as the Schneider Concerts, Music Talks, Nth Degree, and NOVA chamber series. In addition, the quartet will perform at the Kneisel Hall, “Produced by Ichiyanagi,” Oregon, Emilia Romagna Music Festivals, and the La Jolla Music Society Summerfest as Fellowship Artists. Members perform on instruments and bows graciously on loan from the Canada Council of the Arts Instrument Bank and the Maestro Foundation.
The name ‘Ulysses’ pays homage to Homer’s hero Odysseus and his ten year voyage home. Additionally, the quartet’s base in Washington Heights, New York City, lies in close proximity to the resting place of former U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant.
Along with active chamber music careers, Ulysses members hold principal positions with groups such as the Cape Symphony, Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, Shattered Glass, International Chamber Players and Miami Symphony. They received degrees from The Juilliard School, New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music and Yale University. Members are pursuing their Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree at Stony Brook University, the City University of New York and Manhattan School of Music.
This performance marks Ulysses Quartet’s La Jolla Music Society debut.